Free Downloads Are Costly
There are so many good WordPress themes available. The beauty of open-source software is that the code is available to the public. On the flip side, hackers also have easy access to the code. It may be tempting to some to use pirated WordPress themes, a similar practice to downloading pirated movies. From a security perspective, this is just not a good idea it’s a horrible one. I’ll explain why free can be very costly to your business.
Pirated WordPress themes aren’t really free. You’re “paying” by taking a risk of downloading malicious code… code that can expose your website (and those on the same server) to serious problems. Plus, it’s illegal. It’s copyright infringement. You’re stealing someone else’s intellectual property. Ethics aside, why invite potentially big (and expensive) trouble to your website/business? This is the number one reason I only offer hosting to websites where I maintain them. I’m not willing to gamble my clients’ business nor my own. By controlling the website updates and the server, there’s less chance of problems.
You might think “we’re a small company” we’ll get away with it. But firstly, that’s a defeatist way to look at your business. If you’re not being noticed, what’s the point in creating a new website in the first place? Secondly, it shows a misunderstanding of how the internet in general works. You’re unlikely to get caught by the designer of the WordPress theme accidentally stumbling across your website and recognizing your theme.
Premium Themes Aren’t Expensive
Using a pirated WordPress theme doesn’t make sense to me. A premium theme just isn’t that expensive. As a developer, I have a license to StudioPress; they offer a family of themes that are built for stability and responsiveness.
Their library is varied and they offer solutions suitable for most types of business. Even if you aren’t a developer, most themes are under $100. Building a website is like building a house. You want to do it on solid foundations. These themes are supported and updated by reputable sources. So why take the chance?
Pirated WordPress Themes Offered by Black Hatters
On Sucuri’s blog, they published a great article on this subject. They go into the technical details — inverted Trojans — of what can be included in those pirated WordPress themes and why it’s so dangerous.
If you need help choosing a WordPress theme for both form and function? Check out this article that outlines the factors you should consider when updating/changing your WP theme.
My advice is to stay away from pirated code. Put that energy into making a great website, even if it does cost a bit more.
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